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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Friday, April 08, 2005
WHO WILL BE THE NEXT POPE?
This is a big task to undertake, being the next Pope. The "enigma" and the accomplishments that Pope John Paul II has done, Time magazine has called him ,"DEFENDER OF THE FAITH", "JOHN PAUL II, SUPERSTAR" and then he was declared by Time Magazine as "THE MAN OF THE YEAR" in 1994. He was Time Magazine front cover for 15 times in their issues, because the managing Editor of Time called him, "A POPE FOR ALL SEASONS".

And so he is and will always be.

Goodbye loving son of Poland, and loving son of mankind.

Who will be the next Pope? Will it be an Italian or from the third world? Here are some of the statistics that ABC news said, about the flock that the new Pope will be leading, in the ongoing Millineum of the church.

... in 1900 Latin America has 59 million Catholics, now there are 483 million Catholics.

... in 1900 Africa has 2 million Catholics, now there are 147 million Catholics.

... in 1900 Asia has 11 million Catholics, now there are 124 million Catholics.

HERE'S THE LIST OF NON-ITALIAN POPES FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE PAPACY:

*** St. Peter (Galilean) 64 AD.

*** St. Evaristus (Greek) 97 to 105.

*** St. Telesphorus (Greek) 136 to 140.

*** St. Hyginus (Greek) 136 to 140.

*** St. Anicetus (Syrian) 155 to 140.

*** St. Eleutherius (Greek) 175 to 189.

*** St. Victor I (African) 189 to 199.

*** St. Sixtus II (Greek) August 30, 257 to August 6, 258.

*** St. Caius (Dalmatian) December 17,283 to April 22, 296.

*** St. Eusebius (Greek) April 18,309 to August 17, 309.

*** St. Melchiades (African) July 12, 311 to January 11, 311.

*** St. Damasus (Spanish) October 1, 366 to December 11, 384.

*** St. Zosimus (Greek) March 18,417 to December 26, 417.

*** St. Gelasius (African) March 1, 492 to November 21, 496.

*** John IV (Dalmatian) December 24, 640 to October 12, 642.

*** Theodore I (Greek) November 24, 642 to May 14, 649.

*** John V (Syrian) July 23, 685 to August 2,686.

*** St. Sergius I (Syrian) December 15, 687 to September 8, 701.

*** John VI (Greek) October 30, 701 to January 11, 705.

*** John VII (Greek) March 1, 705 to October 18, 707.

*** Sisinius (Syrian) January 15, 708 to February 4, 708.

*** Constantine (Syrian) March 25, 708 to April 9, 715.

*** St. Gregory III (Syrian) March 18, 731 to November 741)

*** St. Zachary (Greek) December 10, 741 to March 22, 752.

*** Gregory V (Saxon) May 3, 996 to February 18, 999.

*** Clement II (Saxon) December 24, 1046 to October 9, 1047.

*** Damasus II (Bavarian) July 17, 1048 to August 9,1048.

*** St. Leo IX (Alsatian) February 12, 1049 to April 19, 1054.

*** Victor II (Swabian) April 16, 1055 to July 28, 1057.

*** Stephen IX (French) August 3, 1057 to March 29, 1058.

*** Nicholas II (French) January 24, 1059 to Juky 27, 1061.

*** Blessed Urban II (French) January 12, 1088 to July 29, 1099.

*** Calixtus II (French) February 3, 1119 to December 13,1124.

*** Urban IV (French) August 29, 1261 to October 2, 1264.

*** Clement IV (French) February 5, 1265 to November 29, 1268.

*** Blessed Innocent V (French) January 21, 1276 to June 22, 1276.

*** John XXI (Portugeuse) September 8, 1276 to May 20, 1277.

*** Martin IV (French) February 22, 1281 to March 28, 1285.

*** Clement V (French) June 5, 1305 to April 20, 1314.

*** John XXII (French) August 7, 1316 to December 1334.

*** Benedict XII (French) December 20, 1334 to April 25, 1342.

*** Clement VI (French) May 7, 1342 to December 6, 1352.

*** Innocent VI (French) December 18, 1352 to September 12, 1362.

*** Blessed Urban V (French) September 28, 1362 to December 19, 1370.

*** Gregory XI (French) December 30, 1370 to March 26, 1378.

*** Calixtus III (Spanish) April 8, 1455 to August 6, 1458.

*** Alexander VI (Spanish) August 11, 1492 to August 18, 1503.

*** Adrian VI (Dutch) January 9, 1522 to September 14, 1523.

*** JOHN PAUL II (POLISH) October 16,1978 to April 2005.


MEASURING UP TO HISTORY:
33 months, Duration of the longest Papal Conclave, from 1268 to 1271.

31 years Duration of the longest pontificate since St. Peter. Pius IX, ruled from 1846 to 1878. John Paul II was next, at 26 years, five months and two weeks.

12 days Length of the shortest pontificate, Urban VII (1590)

28 Largest number of Popes to be selected in a 100- year period, from 867 (Adrian II) to 965 (John XIII)

533 Year that Pontiffs began adopting reign names. A name Mercurius was elected POpe, and since itwould have been unseemly for the Vicar of Christ to bear the name of a pagan god, he chose to be called John II. Today a Pope's choice of name may be a clue to his philosophy.

3 Number of times Benedict IX became Pope, in 1032, 1045 and 1047. He was the nephew of his immediate predecessors and became notorious for selling the papacy and maneuvering to reclaim it.

Sources: Catholic Encyclopedia, TIMEMAG,and my personal notes when I was still a seminarian)
posted by infraternam meam @ 11:39 PM  
2 Comments:
  • At 2:38 AM, Blogger rob said…

    When was it that there were 3 popes at the same time?

     
  • At 7:45 AM, Blogger infraternam meam said…

    rob....
    INFRAT said... this was during the reign of Leo VIII, Benedict V and John XII. John XII, was deposed by a council in Rome in December 4,963. If this deposition was valid, Leo VIII was a legitimate Pope and Benedict V was an antipope.(CathEncyclopedia)

     
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